North Karanpura Coalfield
North Karanpura is located in Jharkhand
North Karanpura
North Karanpura
Location in Jharkhand
Coordinates23°43′41″N 85°30′22″E / 23.72806°N 85.50611°E / 23.72806; 85.50611
CompanyCentral Coalfields Limited
Year of acquisition1975

North Karanpura Coalfield is located in Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Chatra and Latehar districts in the Indian state of Jharkhand.


In 1917, L.S.S.O’Malley described the coalfields in the upper reaches of the Damodar as follows: "Near the western boundary of Jharia field is that of Bokaro, covering" 220 square miles (570 km2), "with an estimated content of 1,500 million tons; close by… is the Ramgarh field (40 square miles), in which, however, coal is believed to be of inferior quality. A still larger field in the same district is that called Karanpura, which extends over" 544 square miles (1,410 km2) "and has an estimated capacity of 9,000 million tons."[1]

The Coalfield

There are large numbers of seams in the North Karanpura Coalfield, some with thicknesses over 72 feet.[2]

North Karnpura Coalfield covers an area of 1,230 square kilometres (470 sq mi) and has total coal reserves of 13,110.84 million tonnes.[3]

Collieries in the North Karanpura Coalfield except the North Karanpura Area
U: Underground colliery, O: Open Cast colliery, A: Administrative headquarters, CT: census town, R: rural/urban centre
Location of new mine sites are approximate
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly
Collieries in the CCL North Karanpura Area (North Karanpura Coalfield)
U: Underground colliery, O: Open Cast colliery, W: Washery, A: Administrative headquarters, CT: census town
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly


Geological reserves in the North Karanpura Coalfield in million tonnes as on 1/4/2010:[4]

Type of Coal Proved Indicated Inferred
Medium coking coal 508.67 2799.84 413.43 3,721.24
Non-coking coal 8990.75 2,909.72 1,451.53 13,352.00
Total 9,499.42 5,708.86 1,864.96 17,073.24


CCL Operational Area Projects
North Karanpura Area Churi underground, Dakra Bukbuka opencast, K.D.H. opencast, Karkatta opencast, Rohini opencast, Purnadih opencast.[5]
Piparwar Area Piparwar opencast, Ray-Bachra underground, Ashoka opencast, Piparwar coal handling plant/ coal preparation plant.[6]
Magadh Sanghamitra Area Magadh open cast project, Sanghamitra open cast project.[7][8]
Amrapali & Chandragupta Area Amrapali open cast project, Chandragupta open cast project.[9][10]


In 1927, Bengal Nagpur Railway opened the 72-mile (116 km) Barkakana-Muri-Chandil line to traffic. In the same year the Central India Coalfields Railway opened the Gomoh-Barkakana line. It was extended to Daltonganj in 1929. Later these lines were amalgamated with East India Railway.[11] The 57 km long Hazaribagh-Barkakana section of the Koderma-Hazaribagh-Barkakana-Ranchi line was opened for passenger trains on 7 December 2016 by the railway minister Suresh Prabhu in the presence of chief minister Raghubar Das.[12]

Coal-bed methane

ONGC's preliminary assessment of coal-bed methane indicates that four Damodar Valley coalfields – Jharia, Bokaro, North Karanpura and Raniganj – to be the most prospective.[13]

See also


  1. ^ L.S.S. O’Malley, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, Sikkim, p.87, Cambridge University Press, 1917 (paper back 2011) ISBN 978-1-107-60064-5
  2. ^ "The Hazaribagh District" (PDF). Geology and Mineral Resources. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  3. ^ Prasoon Kumar Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Brajendra Kumar Tiwary. "Critical Evaluation of Geo-Environmental Scenario of Damodar River Basin, Inia" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-08-26.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Inventory of Geological Resource of India Coal" (PDF). CMPDI. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Central Coalfields Limited". Areas – North Karanpura. CCL. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Central Coalfields Limited". Areas – Piparwar. CCL. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Environmental Statement 2015-16, Magadh Open Cast Project" (PDF). Central Coalfields Limited. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Central Coalfields invites bids for operationalisation of Sanghamitra OCP". Projects Today, 6 July 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Pre-feasibility report of Amrapali OCO (12 MTPA)" (PDF). CCL. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  10. ^ "बहुप्रतीक्षित सीसीएल की चंद्रगुप्त कोल माइंस केरेडारी प्रखंड में खुलने की तैयारी में (Preparations on for opening of the much-awaited Chandragupta Coal Mines in Keredari Block)". in Hindi., 5 September 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  12. ^ "Hazaribagh-Barkakana railway line opened for traffic". Business Standard, 7 December 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Coal Bed Methane" (PDF). CBM Potential in India. Eastern Coalfields Limited. Retrieved 2008-08-26.